"Focus on making a contribution rather than on making a career."

-Brian Stovall, Allen Event Center

"The view is always better from the high road."

-Paul Turner, CFE, AT&T Stadium

"Fancy carpet and trendy art do not bring customers back ... a great experience does!"

-Bryan Chatterton, Sacramento Convention Center

"Another day in paradise."

-Allen Johnson, Orlando Venues

Enhanced patron experiences + loyal partners + enthusiastic employees = Stronger Business”

-Steve Hevern, Sydney Entertainment Centre

“The show is not confirmed until the artist goes on stage and stays.”

-Michael Marion, CFE, Verizon Arena

“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.”

-Eric D. Hart, CFE, Tampa Sports Authority

“What you allow is what will continue.”

-Stephanie Curran, Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center

“Never try to teach a pig to fly.  You’re wasting your time and you’re annoying the pig.”

-John Rhamstine, CFE, Seven Venues

“High-performance teams succeed through leadership, communication and balance of purpose.”

-Mark Gnatovic, SearchWide

“Our Benchmark is to provide Excellent Quality and Service by retention of staff.”

-Joe Floreano, CFE, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

“The customer experience is at the heart of everything we do.”

-Brian Morris, CFE, Melbourne & Olympic Parks

“Success is not permanent and failure is not fatal so get the hell out there and just TRY!”

-Karen Totaro, CFE, Atlantic City Convention Center

“You are who you surround yourself with…hire wisely.”

-Karen Totaro, CFE, Atlantic City Convention Center

“You can do anything as long as you have the right people, a great plan and the right equipment.”

-Paul Cramer, CFE, Classic Center

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

-Kim Bedier, CFE (via Dr. Seuss), City of Tacoma Public Assembly Facilities

“When faced with a choice, do what would make your mother proud.”

-Kevin Mattingly, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues


The Sustainability Committee works to promote the concept of sustainable venues in the sports, performing arts, convention/expo and entertainment industries. Below are recommended resources from the Sustainability Committee, including current sustainability projects, such as webinars and reports, and a list of resources regarding developing eco-friendly ideas, practices and technologies.

IAVM defines sustainability as: The ability of public assembly facilities to fulfill client and industry needs whilst exercising environmental responsibility through use of green standards, application of technologies, processes, practices and related business implications – balancing the fulfillment of human needs, now and for generations to come, while enhancing the health of ecosystems and the ability of other species to survive in their natural environments.

Current Projects

The 2013 Sustainability Report developed by IAVM’s VenueDataSource is now available! Learn more and purchase the report here.


Glossary of Green Terms and Definitions

IAVM’s comprehensive guide to sustainability terms and definitions.

VenueConnect 2013 Sustainability Showcase – Convention Center Sustainable Initiatives

The Oregon Convention Center presents information regarding their sustainability practices as they work toward zero waste, including information on back of house operations, front of house recycle stations, and food service programs.

VenueConnect 2013 Sustainability Showcase – Arena Sustainable Initiatives

This presentation shares key energy conservation findings, including statistics regarding energy utility use and costs, lighting and HVAC practices, and avoided greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance is an IAVM partner and a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance.

U.S. Green Building Council

Learn about The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and tips on how to save the environment and decrease energy costs. Website also includes information about certification eligibility, requirements and a rating system.

Green Meetings Industry Council

“Transforming the global meeting industry through sustainability.”

Convention Industry Council

Best practices for holding a green meeting or event.

Australian Government Department of Climate Change

Articles and tips on becoming environmentally friendly including information on solar power, renewable energy and the Australian national standard for carbon offsetting.

Best Places to MeetGreen®

A website that scores cities based on the environmental programs so companies can find green meeting places. The website also offers a free calculator to calculate your carbon footprint from the meeting: simply enter the amount of attendees and your destination.

I Stay Green

Find a green hotel for conferences and meetings.

Green Globe

Supports the global consumer market through promoting efficient resources for a healthier environment and community. Helping business and individuals “commit to a sustainable future.”

Paper Calculator

Calculate the environmental impact of different types of paper and why paper choice matters.

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